By Pete Wall, Joanna Barker

A2 Media reports: the fundamental Revision consultant for AQA is the must-have, self-help source for college kids getting ready for AQA A2 Media experiences tests. person sections conceal the subsequent key examination themes: texts and contexts within the media (MED4) the creation and manufacture of reports  representations  style  media audiences comparative serious research (MED6) texts  making connections  wider contexts  theoretical views. Written via skilled academics and examiners, A2 Media experiences: the basic Revision consultant for AQA presents important suggestion and aid, and comprises actions, examination questions, labored examples, revision suggestions and instructed assets. With this sort of source, A-level scholars of media reports can't get it wrong.

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ACTIVITY Check through a bulletin on TV and/or radio and check out how many stories the news editor would have known about in advance. For each, identify the source of the story. Keep the results of your research as they will almost certainly come in useful in the exam. 39 NEWS MANUFACTURE AND PRODUCTION Many stories come from various sources within the government. Some of these are simply factual information that the government wants people in the country to know. Other stories are part of what is known as ‘spin’.

You should notice immediately that the focus of this question is news values and news sources. If you feel confident that you have a good grasp of these two core concepts within this topic, then this is the question for you. Note that the question asks you to consider which factors. As with question (a) a list is not enough. To get into the higher mark bands you are going to have to explain why these factors influence the daily news agenda. Another word of caution – this is not the opportunity you have been waiting for to rehearse Galtung and Ruge.

Use them to optimise the conditions under which your revise. If you arrive at the conclusion that your best revision strategy is to work alone in your bedroom with a computer in complete silence for a maximum of an hour then try to create these ideal conditions. For example wait until the rest of the household has gone out or are in bed if quietness is a real imperative for you. Above all be prepared to be flexible. It may be that the only place you can find to work is with your laptop on the bus home with a set of earplugs in place.

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